About the Lift System in Meribel
Throughout the winter season the Three Valleys operate an impressive lift system consisting of 169 ski lifts that transport around 260,000 skiers every hour!
Meribel and the Three Valleys are constantly investing in their lift system to ensure that it remains the best ski area in the world. They spent over 50 million € on the Three Valleys lift system in 2012, making various improvements and updating the lifts. With updates and improvements every year the three valleys has an extremely efficent lift system that can have you up skiing the pistes in no time.
Meribel itself has 46 ski lifts that are marked on the piste map using straight black lines which are a combination of button tow/drag, chair, télécabine and téléphérique. They have the corresponding abbreviations:
TK - téléski (drag)
TS - télésiège (chair)
TC - télécabine (gondola)
TPH - téléphérique (cable car)
For télécabine think bubble car and for téléphérique think cable car. Anything prefixed/suffixed with “Express” means a modern fast chair lift.
In the winter you'll also find that the pistes around the lifts will be perfectly groomed each morning. The Three Valley's has 80 piste bashers that operate daily throughout the winter season from 17:00 all the way through to 07:00. With excellent links from Meribel to the whole three valleys area you can enjoy these perfectly groomed pistes that the highly efficient lift system gives you access to.
A selection of the lifts are also open throughout the summer when the mountains offer spectacular views and are a great place for spotting some Alpine wildlife. You will find the Tougnette 1 & Tougnette 2 and the Pas du Lac 1 & Pas du Lac 2 are open to mountain bikers, hikers, paragliders and those who just want to pop up the mountain and explore the beautiful views, Find out about summer pass options and about the summer prices.
|3 Valley Lift Access & Restrictions|
|Cable Cars||Gondolas||Chair Lifts||Drag Lifts|
*Please see the list of Handiski Authorised Ski Lifts in the Trois Vallées for full details. Please note: If not accompanied by a handiski instructor, the person in the wheelchair will require someone to assist them in accessing the lifts. This person will be able to claim a discount on their lift pass price.
**Take off points for private paragliders are at Bouc Blanc and Col de la Loze. Tandem paragliders who are flying with an instructor can take off at Col de la Loze, Vizelle and Saulire. All private paragliders and instructors must carry a valid license and adhere to the flight rules regarding the ski areas and the close proximity of the Altiport. Please read Courchevel for Paragliding to find out more.
***Please go to Courchevel Lift Pass Options - Winter to find out which lifts in the Trois Vallée can be accessed with your pedestrian lift pass.
**** Dogs are generally not allowed on lifts during the winter. This rule is relaxed during the summer, providing dogs are kept on a lead.
*****It is not recommended to expose babies or young children to sudden changes in altitude or temperature. If lift staff consider your child too young to travel on certain lifts they have the right to deny access. Please read our Tips for Families & Kids section for advice.